Now that school is out, students are finding that hands on science and math for summer fun is a great way to enjoy their vacation days. They are motivated to learn and hope to use what they learn this summer in the future.
Olivia Moreno is entering fifth grade, and is already considering how summer programs can help her in the future.
Olivia was chosen to participate in Camp PRISM for two weeks, and is one of 63 students from Mitchell-Neilson Elementary. Camp PRiS is a partnership between Murfreesboro City Schools and MTSU for rising fifth- and sixth-graders. The camp, which focuses on Practice in Science and Math, began 1
2 years ago but was reintroduced five years ago, said teacher Kristy Lewis, who led the camp along with Alison Murphy.
Students participate in field trips to local businesses or hands-on activities on the MTSU campus. The trips are designed to show campers how each discipline plays a role in making a community work.
“I like science better than math because you get to do experiments,” said Olivia Moreno, who attended the camp with her twin brother, Julian. “I like chemistry and I want to be a doctor when I grow up, so these things are important for me to know.”
Lewis, who teaches fourth-grade math, said the camp has helped her as well.
“I love teaching math, but social studies was always my second-favorite subject in school. This camp has really given me a birds-eye view of what it will be like to teach science next year and some activities I can do with my kids next year,” she said while observing the campers make slime from Borax, glue and water Thursday at MTSU.
Though the students are recommended by teachers, they may not be the top students in each class, Lewis explained. Some, like the Moreno twins, have a passion for math and science. Others need reinforcement of certain areas.